YPLS Begins 4th Semester of Youth Political Leadership Program

first_img– Advertisement – Mr. Jarwolo: “Our effort is to encourage the youth to define their role in society” Mr. Jarwolo: “Our effort is to encourage the youth to define their role in society”The Young Political Leadership School (YPLS), a one week capacity-building semester program designed to build the political leadership and organizational skills of young people who have chosen to pursue a career in politics begins its fourth semester on July 31 at the Monrovia Christian Fellowship Church in Monrovia.The program is expected to bring together 100 young political leaders from various political parties, university student organizations and other youth-led groups as well as youth candidates in the upcoming October elections. Young professionals who are passionate about improving democracy through effective youth leadership and participation are among the participants.The United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary General, Farid Zarif, and United States Ambassador Christine Elder will address the opening ceremony.Despite evidence that young people constitute about 65 percent of the nation’s population and those between 18-32 constitute 55 percent of registered voters in Liberia, the dividends of youth participation in national decision-making and political processes are inadequate.Excited students celebrate the opening of the semesterTo compound this malaise, the youth face increasing challenges ranging from the lack of basic social services to unemployment and multiple forms of inequalities as well as exclusion.Eddie Jarwolo, NAYMOTE executive director, who is in charge of the YPL School, said the school is intended for young people who have chosen to pursue a career in politics to transform their communities for the better.The program, Jarwolo said, further intends to expose young people to electoral politics, the campaign process, public speaking, and leadership skills.  “The youths will also learn about campaign communications, press relations, research, polling and voter targeting thereby preparing them for transformative political leadership to serve their communities,” said Jarwol.After the one-week training, the 100 who are expected to graduate will undertake a 12-week citizen engagement program, working on campaign teams, facilitating community forums, bringing voters face to face with the candidates, documenting campaign promises and serving as community leaders and volunteers.“Indeed, the YPLS is dear to our hearts as an institution because we believe that it is more than just a school. It is part of a revolution to transform our political system for the good and ensure that solutions to problems in communities and passion for development remains a major component of the framework within which political parties can compete, so that the voters of Liberia can reap the benefits of their participation in decision-making,” he said.The YPLS has graduated 230 students since April 2016, with six graduates being legislative candidates in the ensuing presidential and representative elections. Many others are part of their political party’s campaign teams, while others are playing leadership roles in their communities and institutions.“The young political leaders are inspirational for the future hope of Liberia. If you get young people like these into leadership roles in five, ten to fifteen years, you will have a better country,” Jeff Fox, political communicator and facilitator of semester three YPLS, said.The institution has received 357 applications, and the vetting process is ongoing by an independent team. Only 100 will be qualified for enrollment for the semester four program.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Tottenham defender expected to seal move away this month

first_img Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack smart causal Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more possible standings Rose was Tottenham’s first-choice left-back before a knee injury suffered in January 2017 put him on the sidelines for eight months.His relationship with Mauricio Pochettino soured when Rose publicly criticised the club’s recruitment policy last summer.He returned from his knee problem in October 2017 but suffered a few other niggling injuries and made just 10 league appearances last season.Pochettino is now willing to let Rose, who was named in the England squad for the World Cup, leave the club this summer, according to the Daily Mirror.That is despite the fact the Tottenham manager will not be able to bring in a replacement.The transfer window in England is closed, but remains open across Europe and Rose is being eyed by Schalke and Paris Saint-Germain.Schalke have held talks over a season-long loan deal but the former Leeds youngster is understood to favour a switch to PSG. possible xi Danny Rose is wanted by Paris Saint-Germain and Schalke How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? NEW ERA Danny Rose is expected to leave Tottenham by the end of this month.The England defender has lost his place to Ben Davies and was not included in the squad for the opening game of the Premier League season, against Newcastle United on Saturday. Latest Transfer News Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? ALTERED 1 How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures impact highlights gameday Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener last_img read more

Danger subsiding after BC properties threatened by several weekend wildfires

first_imgKAMLOOPS, B.C. — An evacuation order has been downgraded to an alert as crews in north-central British Columbia make progress battling a significant wildfire.The blaze broke out Saturday near the community of Lejac, about five kilometres east of Fraser Lake, and flames had scorched more than two square kilometres of bush within hours.Quick work by the BC Wildfire Service means the fire is now classed as held, meaning it’s not expected to grow.Efforts are underway to fully contain it while the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako has rescinded the state of emergency declared Saturday.The blaze was one of several sparked over the weekend, including a nine-hectare fire in northeastern B.C., about 30 kilometres northwest of  Fort St. John.The wildfire service website says that blaze, spotted Saturday in the Coffee Creek subdivision outside Charlie Lake, has been completely contained and a cause is under investigation.Road closures are possible east of Kamloops as an out-of-control wildfire has charred about 19 hectares after breaking out Sunday, but no structures are immediately threatened by the suspected human-caused fire.The fire danger rating across most of B.C. is now listed at moderate to high, but it has already climbed to extreme in several pockets of the central and eastern Interior.A recent heat wave dried out much of the province but Environment Canada is calling for cooler temperatures and showers this week.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

CANADIAN PERFORMERS RATIFY TERMS OF NEW NATIONAL COMMERCIAL AGREEMENT

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement TORONTO, ON (August 4, 2017) — ACTRA Members have voted (78 per cent) in favour of ratifying the 2017-2020 National Commercial Agreement (NCA).The 2017-2020 NCA settlement provides for a new single Digital Media Use fee payable on all commercials produced for or moved over to Digital Media. The Agreement also promotes new work opportunities for performers in low-budget digital media commercials with the ACTRAonline Opportunity Pilot Project. All rates and fees in the Agreement with the exception of the Pilot Project will increase by 6 per cent over three years commencing with a 2 per cent increase effective August 5, 2017. The settlement represents an estimated increase of $3M in performers’ compensation over the 3-year term of the new Agreement, which generated over $45M in performer earnings in 2016.“In these changing and challenging times in the advertising industry, we have achieved a settlement that creates new work opportunities and provides substantial improvements for ACTRA performers,” says David Sparrow, ACTRA National President and Negotiating Committee Chair. “I’m incredibly proud of the ACTRA members who served on our bargaining team and all the members who helped make this new deal a reality.” Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “Unions around the world are facing employer demands for rollbacks at the bargaining table. Global competition for commercial production is more intense now than ever. In this climate, ACTRA members have achieved an Agreement that makes it easier than ever to hire the most talented performers in Canada and ensures performers are fairly compensated their work,” added Stephen Waddell, Chief Negotiator and National Executive Director.The Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA), the Association of Canadian Advertisers (ACA) and the Institute of Communication Agencies (ICA) commenced negotiations in Toronto on June 7, 2017. The NCA covers the engagement of Performers in all television, radio and digital commercial production in Canada. Voting commenced on July 19, 2017, and closed today on August 4. The new agreement will take effect August 5, 2017, and will expire on June 30, 2020.ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) is the national union of professional performers working in the English-language recorded media in Canada. ACTRA represents the interests of 23,000 members across the country – the foundation of Canada’s highly-acclaimed professional performing community. Facebooklast_img read more